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A Bigger Prize by Margaret Heffernan

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CHAPTER 2

Making the Grade

                Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within. We inhabit a world of human differences and predilections, but the extrapolation of these facts to theories of rigid limits is ideology.

                        STEPHEN JAY GOULD, The Mismeasure of Man (1996)

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